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Advocacy & Community Building

Working together for systemic change

Lasting change requires systemic solutions. Grassroots community organizing groups build civic capacity while advancing policy reforms and monitoring their implementation. Advocacy organizations mobilize critical “grasstops” actors, advancing policy change through legislation, litigation, strategic communication, alliance-building, and other means.

Collaborating from both the bottom up and top down simultaneously, diverse constituencies maximize their potential to effect lasting change. This work is hard and often slow-going. Clarity about mission, vision, strategy, roles, partnerships, and lessons learned are crucial to success.

At TCC Group we help advocacy and community building organizations—and their funders—develop clear strategies, build trust, form coalitions, strengthen capacity, and learn from successes and failures.

“TCC has helped bring intergenerational groups together, which in return has created more dialogue for advocacy and services needed.”

Debbie Rock, Executive Director and CEO, LIGHT Health & Wellness Comprehensive Services, Inc.

“Working with TCC Group, I have more clarity on why collaborative programs were created, what we hope to achieve, what our community partners are working on, and how we can more intentionally contribute. TCC supports and strengthens our potential for program success and are partners in evaluating what’s working in real time so we can adjust and adapt along the way.”

Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, Director, LGBTQ Health & Rights

“Choosing to bring in TCC Group provided us with the tools we needed, the oversight, and the eyes from the outside to point out areas to which we were totally blind. It’s been extremely beneficial and absolutely necessary for the longevity of our program.”

David Duke, Director, Wiregrass 2-1-1

How We Can Help

Strategy

Sound strategy is grounded in a deep understanding of your core purpose, capacity to achieve change, and collaborative relationships with others. From diverse perspectives on your advocacy work, we help you clarify your mission, vision, and values—then we collaboratively chart the course to realize your goals.

Evaluation & Learning

We’re often engaged to evaluate advocacy and community organizing work. All our evaluation services take a customized approach—using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods—to harness evaluation and learning for your diverse stakeholders. We provide actionable insights and build internal capacity to carry on learning efforts.

Capacity Building

Along with strong leadership, sound management, effective tools, adaptability, and a values-driven culture, accomplishing your goals takes collaborative muscle. We help you identify your strengths and opportunities for growth to determine how you can best partner with others to achieve your shared aims.

Grantmaking & Foundation Management

We work with funders on a wide variety of giving programs. Our experienced staff members design, develop, implement, and manage grantmaking efforts. We help you administer grants efficiently, communicate with grantees and grantseekers, and align your grantmaking with other funder objectives.

Initiative Design & Implementation

Tackling complex issues through advocacy demands integrated action, informed by deep listening, intentional engagement, critical analysis, and bold approaches. To help you achieve your goals for lasting impact, we design integrated initiatives: strategic endeavors that meaningfully choreograph multiple program components and are responsive to community needs.

Stakeholder Engagement

Relationships are essential for impact. We help you build authentic, expansive, and productive relationships with the stakeholders critical to your work in advocacy. We begin with stakeholder mapping, plan your strategy for engagement, identify the touchpoints for ongoing and fruitful partnership, and bolster feedback loops.

Strategic Communication

At all stages of work in advocacy and community building—designing a complex initiative, embarking on an organizational change in direction, or creating a suite of materials—strategic communication is essential. We create communication plans that make your voice heard, identifying your messages, messengers, audiences, and channels.

Governance

An engaged and effective board helps ensure you’re achieving your mission. We work with organizations of all sizes, helping define the role of the board and advising on issues of its composition, structure, tenure, performance, and sustainability.

Theory of Change, Indicators & Measures Development

Surface the hypotheses and assumptions underpinning your work. How will you get from here to your goals? We lay out the steps by which your work will lead to impact through advocacy and community building. Articulating a Theory of Change and indicators of success are essential to establishing a shared vision for priorities, evaluation, partnerships, and resources.

Landscape Analysis

We have deep experience with community giving organizations, advocacy groups, and the funders that resource them. We map the key players, relationships, and trends essential for your unique mission. We collect data and connect you to the perspectives of diverse actors—including those most impacted within the community. We help you find the most effective ways you can make a difference.